“Demoralization At Its Finest”: VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” To Premiere Despite Petitions And Backlash
Earlier this year, we told you about Vh1’s plans to air a show called “Sorority Sisters,” which was allegedly supposed to be about black fraternities and sororities. There was even a trailer out to give people a feel of what the show would be about. But the trailer and the idea received such a negative response for the stereotypes some felt it displayed, that the video was pulled from the Internet. As The Huffington Post described it over the summer:
In the trailer, your typical representation of each sorority was depicted. You had your light brown stuck-up AKAs, your dark-skinned cool Deltas, Zetas, and 1 Sigma Ghamma Rho[sic]. And boy was it tacky. The problem with the trailer is just that, it depicts your stereotypes.
The positivity was lacking so much that a petition was created to end the show before it could start:
“Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by. If this show airs, we will boycott any and all advertisers affiliated with the show through commercial advertising, product placement and/or location use.”
The petition reached 40,096 and well, that was the last thing we heard about it or the show for months.
But now, as the uproar surrounding it has completely died down, Vh1 has quietly announced that not only is the show coming to television, it’s coming to television on December 15 at 9 p.m.
That’s next Monday…
While the original show idea had Mona Scott-Young’s name attached to it, this time around, it looks like she’s not involved.
“Sorority Sisters” is executive produced by Robert Horowitz for Juma Entertainment, and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Jeff Grogan serve as executive producers for Eastern TV. Susan Levison, Nina L. Diaz, Vivian Gomez, Ken Martinez, and Daniel Blau Rogge are executive producers for VH1.
So maybe those behind the show decided to revamp the idea so that it wouldn’t be a big sh*t show? Okay, maybe I’m reaching. It will still focus on “ATL Greek life,” but in a different way–according to the press release about it:
Nine women, who continue to honor the traditions and legacies of their respective sororities and chapters, all agree on one main principle: sisterhood doesn’t end after graduation, it’s for life. For these friends and sisters (or ‘sorors’) from celebrated historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta, strong ties to their organizations lead to fierce rivalries, but through thick and thin, these women stand united and share an unbreakable bond.
“Sorority Sisters” follows the lives of women from four different sororities. Since these ‘sorors’ are pledges for life, they are expected to continue their community work long after graduation. From long-awaited reunions, to managing the men in their lives, for these line sisters, it’s homecoming all across the ATL. These ladies have a lot at stake – their aspirations, reputations, livelihoods, friendships, and families – and the legacies of their sororities.
Interesting enough though, there weren’t any promotional videos, trailers or even pictures posted/shared with the announcement. I guess those behind it didn’t want to run the risk of the show getting derailed through anymore social media campaigns and petitions. However, after doing a brief search on YouTube, I found a teaser (see below).
But no matter what changes have been made to the show’s plot and format, this still probably won’t go over well with black Greeks. Many have already expressed their outrage online (“Where are the white sororities?? Or are only black soros ignorate[sic] enough to sign on to this foolishness. Did headquarters agree to this foolishness????”).
Check out the teaser for yourself and let us know if you think this will be all bad, or if everyone is overreacting: